To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: Latest humor item.... Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: Latest humor item.... Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:39:31 -0500 NOW HE'S IN REALLY HEAVY COMPANY! It's incredible, folks. The old spoon-bender is still flirting with deification -- or at least beatification. Someone should tell him you have to be dead for this to be successful. Except, of course, for Caligula, who demanded it while alive. But some guys have all the luck. Excerpted from "The power within Geller" found at http://www.delphi.co.uk a sample from the "interview": .................................. Q: Why do so many people insist you're a fake? A: You can ask the same question to people who don't believe in Jesus Christ or God. Historical religious figures always had enemies. They always had those who said they were charlatans. In my field it's even easier to accuse someone, because my powers are hard to demonstrate. Then there are the vicious ones who try to attack me. I actually had to sue a few because they lied about me in their books. The answer is really is that many of them do it for monetary gain. ................................ Say not so, divine one! How could that be? First you saw an angel in your garden (shades of Joan of Arc) then you said you came from a flying saucer, and now you're in the company of Jesus and his dad? I thought at least you'd move up more gradually to Bruno or Galileo, then to Wilhelm Reich. But you always were full of surprises. Spoon Report: The bent spoon in the shoe box under my bed is still bent, despite the mighty efforts of so many psychics to straighten it. The room fairly vibrates, and the wallpaper has peeled, but the spoon is still BENT, BENT, BENT. And a good thing too, since I'd have to pay out that million dollars if anyone straightened it. And of course I'd tell you all if it straightened. Of course I would. You trust me, don't you? Let's all kneel to Saint Uri, the patron of spoon-benders. James Randi ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: randi-hotline-request@ssr.com PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: randi-hotline@ssr.com The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: http://www.mindspring.com/~anson/randi-hotline/ Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: ftp.netcom.com directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline ftp.ssr.com: directory: /Randi Please try netcom.com first, since ftp.ssr.com is very busy. EUROPE: mercurio.iet.unipi.it directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and unipi.it, respectively.

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